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Credit Suisse shares tumble after bank flags $1.6 billion 4Q loss amid wealth management strain


Credit Suisse Group AG shares tumbled in Wednesday morning trading after the bank said asset outflows at its wealth-management business would lead to a fifth consecutive quarterly loss.

Shares
CS,
-1.45%

CSGN,
-5.29%

at 0830 GMT were down 4.9% to CHF3.66.

The Swiss lender said it expects to post a loss before taxes of around 1.5 billion Swiss francs ($1.58 billion) in the fourth quarter, after lower deposits and assets under management led to reduced commissions and fees.

The bank, Switzerland’s second-largest by assets, said that its net-asset outflows in the quarter to Nov. 11 were around 6%, or $88.3 billion of its total $1.47 trillion assets under management.

At the bank’s wealth-management arm, its key business serving the world’s rich, customers removed $66.7 billion.

It came after the Zurich-based company experienced deposit and net-asset outflows in the first two weeks of October, it said, after social-media reports and a spike in credit-default swaps caused a frenzy over the bank’s financial position.

The bank said the outflows led its liquidity to fall below some local-level legal requirements, but it maintained its required group-level liquidity and funding ratios at all times.

Write to Ed Frankl at edward.frankl@dowjones.com



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